This is the Temple of Venus:
Taken looking out from the 3rd level. Originally there were 2 more levels, but they have been lost over the years. You can see the remnants of those other two levels here.
From the 3rd level looking down--what a view:
We spend about 2 hours at the Colosseum, and really enjoyed our tour. Our plan for mid day was to visit Campo de Fiori ("Field of Flowers"), stroll around to enjoy the market, and then have lunch at one of the many cafes around the square.
This is just one of the many flower stalls--beautiful colors!
This stall had a fall display of pumpkins and gourds:
Delicious looking fresh veggies, everything looked so good:
We looked at menus of a few of the cafes, choosing one with reasonable prices and an interesting menu. We were not disappointed! We ordered three dishes to share--bruschetta, salad and a pizza.
The bruschetta was delicious, and the salad was a great mix of greens with salami "cups" filled with a cream cheese mixture. The pizza was wonderful, as usual! Of course, I added a glass of house red wine!
The museum in Rome is in a large palace that surely used to be the home of a wealthy Roman family--it was really pretty. This is the inner courtyard:
Did you know that da Vinci had the idea for a music box? Here's a model of his invention--Matt is turning the crank to make the music.
There were working models of several of his inventions, including flying machines, ball bearings, hygrometer, hydraulic saw, eccentric cam, worm screw, rolling mill, oil press----the list goes on and on!
This was my favorite--the odometer. Read the description on the left--brilliant!
There were many stained glass Rose Windows--this one was especially beautiful:
A closer view of the altar:
One of the many side chapels:
Ceiling in one of the small chapels:
Another of the small chapels, beautiful sculptures on a black background:
Large stained glass window near the Sacristy:
In the piazza in front of the church stands this very interesting statue and obelisk. It was designed by Bernini and carved by his students:
We made a quick stop at the Despar supermarket--the one that we had such trouble finding our first night. I probably shouldn't admit that it's only a couple of blocks from our apartment--and we still couldn't find it! We picked up a few items for our supper tonight.
A quick 1/2 block and around the corner, and we're home. Well, almost home--we still have those 4 flights of s-t-e-e-p stairs to climb. What was I thinking when I chose an apartment on the 4th floor?? (actually it's on the 5th floor by our standards--in Europe they don't count the ground floor) Never again!
Our dinner tonight was simple, but yummy. We'd been looking at the prosciutto, so decided tonight was a great time to give it a try. Good stuff! We also bought some Provolone cheese--just OK, very salty and a much different texture that we usually get. The yellowish cheese next to the wedge of Provolone was a new one for us, Caciocavallo Affumic-a deeeelicious smoked cheese. We sliced up a crisp green apple, added some great crusty bread,and finished our left-over romanesco from last night, It's even good cold! Oh--and a glass of really good red wine. Mmmmmmm, a good dinner again!
Tomorrow is our last day in Rome. We fly to Paris early Monday morning. Our plan is to go to St. Peters's Square, and hopefully get a glimpse of the Pope blessing the crowd. We can all use a little blessing!
Good night from beautiful, fascinating Rome!